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I was the doubler. As a pass was not forcing, the double only showed that we have the balance of the points.
But if I stop to think I am not able to double - lessons learned, think more on the first round of the auction so that you can double on the second round
June 24, 2014
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This time partner had J109xxxx of spades, so the heart lead was not a success. I led a heart - but afterwards thought that the chance of this being right when I have so much is pretty low.
May 22, 2014
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I was suggesting giving up on making 5 tricks and just playing for 4-3.
The comments above have convinced me that this would not have been a good idea.
May 10, 2014
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Kit, you argue for the PRC play in by crossing to the Ace. However this would go down if the are 4-3 when you can afford a loser as it sets up the . Maybe the best play is to play Ace and another .
May 10, 2014
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As a German player I will try to answer the point “how things slipped under the radar for so long”. I thought that Dr. Wladow took advantage of any available information - whether allowed or not. He did not satisfy my ethical requirements - not only to play fairly but to be seen to be playing fairly. When playing without screens there was too much eye contact with his partner for my liking. I never dreamed that he was actively cheating. He played with a number of players whos ethics I do not question - although his results were less good with them.

I will give an example. We wer doubled in our 5 sacrifice, our teammates bid one more after the same auction and went one down. So as a team we discussed why we misjudged the hand, but decided the bidding was perfectly reasonable, having contructed many hands where bidding on was correct. So the doctors had shown better judgement - now I believe they knew about a key singleton which makes not bidding on clear.

So were we all naive?
May 8, 2014
David Cole edited this comment May 9, 2014
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Why do you have to have and not ?
April 20, 2014
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All major events in Germany are played with screens
April 7, 2014
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I do not believe that Wladow and Illenescu were cheating with coughing in German domestic events. Wladow's behaviour at the table was a major issue, and there were doubts. The issues you raised will be intensively discussed in German Bridge - though this will take some time.
April 7, 2014
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We have just had the last weekend of the German premier league. Ulrich Wenning made it very clear that the DBV is no longer involved in the WBF case - a decision to appeal is a matter for the players. For those who criticized the DBV please consider that the organisation is run by unpaid volunteers, who sacrifice a lot of time for the game we all love. Disciplinary measures in Germany are being discussed or have started. Great care is required that all rules are followed as Wladow is likely to go to normal courts to appeal any rulings against him.
In case there is any doubt, most German players are very greatful that the Doctors have been caught.
April 6, 2014
David Cole edited this comment April 7, 2014
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In the German bridge scene the doctors were recognised as good players. There were many people with doubts (myself included) as their results were better than the theoretical basis and they often landed on their feet (but there were enough disasters). I was shocked by the videos. I do not believe they were coughing when I last played against them in the German premier league and I had no reason from the results to suppose that they were playing unfairly.
Thus I cannot blame their team mates - I think they were all genuinely shocked, although they may have been naive.

April 2, 2014
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I find the suggestion that it is necessary that the WBF further investigate the DBV distasteful. There was no suggestion that any other members of the German team were in any way not playing completely ethically.

I agree that promoting active ethics everywhere in bridge is wothwhile.
March 29, 2014
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5 as a slam try - I think this is last train.
If partner has a void there could easily be 12 tricks
Feb. 22, 2014
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There is a lot of violence in downtown Detroit. This does not make the USA an unsuitable host for bridge events. I am sure India will do an excellent job of welcoming the worldwide bridge community
Feb. 22, 2014
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To answer the question about the meaning of the card. This is a smith position. If in smith the high card position is known, one shows the length. Now the card should either show whether he has the 10 or his length. This is something for partnership agreement.
Jan. 12, 2014
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Who are the members of the WBF committee that we should lobby? Going through our national organisations will obviously take time that we may not have.
Obviously we can nut have anything against an organisation because it is Chinese - but hopefully any contract should be first of all for one event only, and not a long term binding.
Jan. 7, 2014
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A red suit bid here must be a game try in . 3 is just competitive, and I think 4 is too much.
Jan. 2, 2014
ATB
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Even if East decides he is worth one try with 4, over 4 he should bid 4 at the speed of light. 4 here is last train and says that he has a bit more, and is still interested.
Dec. 31, 2013
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That is exactly why I bid 4NT. The 3 bid is initially just looking for a stopper and does not show anything in
Dec. 24, 2013
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4 is just last train - does not say anything about the control. So 4 just shows minimum
Dec. 16, 2013
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you pass a take out double with a singleton ?
It is a good way to score -710!
Dec. 15, 2013
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